EarthMatters_600.jpg

Record-breaking temperatures in Asia lead to death and climate instability

Low water in Udaipur in a photograph by Peter ter Weeme

A new temperature record for Asia has just been set, according to the UK Guardian.   The Guardian says the death toll in heat-related deaths is now over 1,000, adding that in only two places on earth have humans ever recorded a higher temperature. 

The story lists three places, but then states that one of them, in Israel has been shown to be false. Only Death Valley and a town in the Libyan desert have ever been hotter.

Temperatures in Asia have been up to 130 F, Climate Progress reports.

CAT 5 HURRICANE FORMING Morever, the Asian heat wave has cranked local sea temperatures. The result is a rare rapidly intensifying hurricane there. It is already the second strongest storm ever recorded in Arabian Sea (behind a 2007 cat 5 hurricane). This new hurricane is called Phet and is expected to hit cat 5 later today before slamming into Oman. Then it is expected to  emerge again but lowerer strength and hit Bangaldesh.   

BONUS QUIZ

Do you know what is unusual about the two tropical storms/hurricanes that formed in the SOUTH Atlantic in last few years? Answer: humans have never seen a tropical storm/hurricane in the South Atlantic before. Oceans were never warm enough for them to form. We just created a new hurricane alley on the planet. Woohoo.

Brazil is pretty happy to be facing hurricanes for the first time in human history. (Not.)

Wunderblog reports:

A hellish heat wave hit Pakistan last week, sending the mercury to an astonishing 53.5°C (128.3°F) at the town of MohenjuDaro on Wednesday May 26, reported the Pakistani Meteorological Department. While this temperature reading must be reviewed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for authenticity, not only is the 128.3°C reading the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan, it is the hottest reliably measured temperature ever recorded on the continent of Asia. This information comes to me courtesy of Chris Burt, the author of Extreme Weather, who is probably the world’s foremost expert on extreme weather records. In a collaborative effort with weather record researchers Maximiliano Herrera and Howard Rainford, Mr. Burt has painstakingly researched the extreme weather records for every country on Earth. They list the previous reliable record high for Asia as the 52.7°C (127°F) temperature measured on June 12, 1919, in the Sindh province of Pakistan. Temperatures exceed 120°F in this region of Pakistan nearly every year, in the late May/early June time frame before the monsoon arrives. Last week’s heat wave killed at least 18 Pakistanis, and temperatures in excess of 50°C (122°F) were recorded at nine Pakistani cities on May 26, including 53°C (127.4°F) at Sibi.

All-time hottest temperature for Southeast Asia this month
Record heat also hit Southeast Asia in May. According to the Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Myanmar (Burma) had its hottest temperature in its recorded history on May 12, when the mercury hit 47°C (116.6°F) in Myinmu. Myanmar’s previous hottest temperature was 45.8°C (114.4°F) at Minbu, Magwe division on May 9, 1998. According to Mr. Burt, the 47°C (116.6°F) measured on May 12 this year is the hottest temperature measured in Southeast Asia in recorded history.

 

Remember, this is just the climate heating from our emissions through the late 70s or early 80s. We still have decades of monster emissions that have not captured all their heat yet. It is going to get lots worse even if we stop burning fossil now...which we can't. There is a reason Hansen called his book "Storms of my Grandchildren". His grandchildren are toddlers already.

Nobody is going to like the world we are cooking up. Fossil fuel is the enemy. The solutions are doable and affordable...but not for much longer


More in Earth Matters

What to do when the IPCC gets you down

There's only so much end of the world you can take. Here's what you can do about it.

Learning the language of climate solutions

If someone had told me how hard learning another language was I wouldn't have tried.

Failure not an option for climate movement

Saying the climate movement is a failure and we should give up is not an option.
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.